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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Handmade Background with Sweet Stuff

Sweet Stuff...
I am in love with making these backgrounds using markers.  I literally took 3 different shades of yellow, Smoky Slate, and Wild Wasabi markers.  I used the brush end of the markers and drew lines.  There's no rhyme or reason and you can see that the lines aren't perfectly straight.
I used the Sweet Stuff stamp set (retiring, get it now!).  I stamped the sentiment and the bumble bee in Momento Black ink and then colored them in with my markers.  I added some Hello Honey ribbon to give this card a little fun!

I have another card coming tomorrow for you that you won't want to miss!  Thanks for following me!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Fab Friday #63 (on Monday)... featuring From the Garden and Flower Patch

Fab Friday on... Monday
I am so sorry I didn't post on Friday.  We had a mix-up and then I had a busy weekend!  Friday night we went to the relocated Tampa Bay Rays game - they were supposed to be in Baltimore but due to recent events, it was here.  Tickets were $15 for anyone and we got there early after a great dinner at Fourth Street Shrimp Store in St. Pete.  If you ever come to visit, you HAVE to go there!  Great food for awesome prices!  My dad loves the crab cakes there.  On Saturday we spent the day a Disney World (we went to Magic Kingdom and Epcot).  Sunday took us to the beach and on a drive to Brooksville for lunch at Florida Cracker Kitchen.  Can you say AMAZING?!  I had chicken and waffle, which is a big thing in the south.  I have never had it and boy I wasn't disappointed.  So good!  
Okay... I am sure you are ready for some card making fun!  This week at Fab Friday we are closing out the 2013-2015 in-colors!  Although we are very sad to see these colors go (especially me), we are getting 5 new colors in their place!
I used the Treat Bag Die to make this non-traditional card.  I wanted to make a thank-you for my fellow stamper Lisa Curcio.  She took me to Olive Garden for dinner and we had a wonderful time.  
 I used the Flower Patch Stamp Set and coordinating framelits to cut out the flowers that I stacked.  Let's not forget the inside...
When you pull on the "flower stick" you get a treat - a package of flower seeds!  Need a place to write?  Add a note on the back of the card stock.  You could even make the card stock double the length and fold into a card! 
Next time you are at the Dollar Store, stock up up on seed packets and you can make this card too!  It'd be perfect for Teacher Appreciation this week or Mother's Day!

Thanks so much for following me!  See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Basket Full of Flowers using Beautiful Bunch and Butterfly Basics

It's Wednesday!!!
TESTING IS DONE!  Finally I can get back to teaching!  Speaking of which, I am on my way to work soon so I need to make this a quick post!
I made this card after Arnie got ahold of the basket I had made. Of course I didn't want to waste the elements I used so I cut them off and used them for a card!  I used the Beautiful Bunch Stamp Set to make the flowers, the bird punch for the leaves, Berry Basket Die for the basket and then Butterfly Basics stamp set with matching Butterfly Thinlits.  Lots of elements!!

Come back tomorrow for more inspiration and thanks for following me!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Technique Tuesday using Sheltering Tree

Technique Tuesday...
I had a great weekend spending some quality time with Marc and my parents!  I had a class on Saturday and I will share pictures of the projects tomorrow!  We went to Tarpon Springs friday night for some yummy greek food and then went to the beach in Clearwater (and got some italian ice).  Wonderful date night!  Yesterday we went to Honeymoon Island, it was beautiful but very overcast and the water was really choppy.  We ended the weekend with a steak, baked potato, peas, carmelized onions and garlic bread.  I have to say, that's one of my favorite meals!
 This card isn't the typical size card - I had to make it bigger to accommodate the larger size oval (in Wisteria Wonder).  I used a Very Vanilla base with coordinating Satin Ribbon.  The polka dot paper comes from the 2013-2015 In-colors paper stack (Pistachio Pudding).  
Do you love the flowers on the tree?  It reminds me of a lilac tree that was outside my window when I was a kid.  I loved cutting the lilacs and putting them in a vase in my bedroom.  Are you wondering how I made the so life-like?  I used something that Stampin' Up! does not sell (this is very rare for me because I love their products!).  It's called "Flower Soft" and it's so easy to use.  You add the special glue and then sprinkle on the flower soft.  I patted it down and dumped off the excess.  Super easy and what a beautiful end result!

See you tomorrow with the projects from my Sale-a-bration Celebration!

Friday, April 24, 2015

April Paper Pumpkin.. Gift Card Holders

Paper Pumpkin...
My subscription arrived on Tuesday.  I looked at the cute little cards and wondered how I would use them (there are also "mom" and "dad" stamps.  I needed 5 gift card holders yesterday morning before work and I realized I could use this month's project!
 I changed up the actual design to work for my needs.  Instead of the bow that comes with the kit, I used the Petal Potpourri Stamp Set and coordinating punch to create a pretty centerpiece.
 I also used the In-Color Clothespins that are now on clearance instead of the twine that came with the kit!  I wanted the Secretaries to be able to hang their cute note on their desk.
 This is the front of the card - perfectly coordinating with the project!
And finally the inside.... my co-teacher realized we could type up a list of names instead of trying to fit them on the cards.  GREAT idea!  So much easier than passing around 5 cards to 12 people to sign!  I used a glue dot to attach the gift card (which by the way, is a new"er" pub by my school that has delicious food and drinks).  

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sheltering Tree "Thinking of You"

Another day of testing... 
That's right, testing is back.  Today and tomorrow we take the FSA in Math.  It shall be a fun day watching 10/11 year olds do Math problems that are (in my opinion) developmentally WAY above their head.  Yes, some will succeed.  But others will get frustrated and it will affect their entire test.  Off my soapbox.  

I case'd this design from Dawn Griffith.  She made a video for this card which was her monthly card a few months ago.  I used Pear Pizzaz and really LOVED how spring/ summer it looks!  This is true Florida right here!  The card is 2 3/4 x 4 1/4 with the matting cut smaller. 
Tonight I need to make some Gift Card Holders for our team of Secretaries... tomorrow is my team's day.  So come back to see what I come up with for those special ladies!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

RETIRING LIST has been released... Too Kind and the Dictionary Background with a Tutorial

It's a sad day...
when the retired list comes out!  But, the positive side is that there are TONS of items on sale and new stuff is coming soon!  I made this card for my chemo angel and made a little picture tutorial for you.  I am sure you are wondering how I did the background - it's hugs isn't it?
First, put your stamp FACE UP on your desk and ink it up!
 Next you need to carefully place the cardstock down onto the stamp.
 Finally pull over a piece of paper (your paper must be big enough to do this).  Press all around - I like to use my bone folder to make sure I cover the entire surface with pressure.
 Below you can see a close up picture of the flowers stamped onto the background!  Super cute and a bit "old" looking. 
 We cannot forget the inside of the card and the outside of the envelope.
If you want to order... and your order is $50 or more, you will receive a FREE PAST PAPER PUMPKIN KIT from ME!  :)  Just use hostess code: SG3XHF99

Thanks for picking me as your demonstrator!